Emigrant Pass West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Emigrant Pass West


Overlaps the first 15 miles of Top 100 US Climbs Wildrose Road

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Climb Summary

Cycling Emigrant Pass West

Ride 15.8 miles gaining 4,141’ to elevation 5,413 at 4.9% average grade.

Photo:  Aerial view of miles 5-9 - road curves from middle left to bottom middle of photo.

Climb begins on Wildrose Road (closed to autos)

This climb overlaps the first 9.7 miles of the Wildrose Road/Charcoal Kiln climb. At mile 9.7 turn left onto Emigrant Canyon Road, then travel roughly another 6 miles to the high point of the climb then another mile to the pass sign.  This is a very remote climb without any provisions, so plan accordingly.  The Wildrose Road stretch of the climb is along a road in general disrepair while the last 6 miles on Emigrant Pass are along a roadway that is in very good shape.  

Cycling Death Valley’s Emigrant Pass West - one of the most remote US Top 100 Bike Climb.


There are not many view obstructions in Death Valley.

View on the beginning leg of the climb.

First segment (Wildrose Rd to junction with Emigrant Canyon Road)

9.4 miles at 5.4%

Segment 2 of 2 (junction to the top) is 6 miles at 4.5% average grade.

Narrow canyon for nearly a mile after turning onto Emigrant Canyon Road

Steep and narrow canyon for close to a mile after the junction.

A half mile of 1-4% after coming out of the canyon.

1.5 miles to the pass from the left loop middle bottom third of photo.

Cycling Emigrant Pass, Death Valley National Park - 2 cyclists with bikes next to summit sign

Thank you Bruce and Stacy

Pass sign gone as of October, 2019.


National Park Service Death Valley Weather Chart

Dangerously hot during the day from June through September with average monthly highs during that time ranging from 106 to 116.5.  Cycling is not recommended during the summer and certainly never without good SAG support.  The heat can be stifling (if not truly dangerous) and supplies are few and far between - there is nothing - nothing - not a sole, not a drop of water or any food along this route.

July 2017 - Badwater to Mt. Whitney Summit.

Cycling Death Valley - pjamm cycling ride bikes through death valley

O.K.!  I didn’t take my own advice in July, 2017  😨